To say that abortion is controversial is an understatement. Since the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade , which legalized abortion in the U.S., the abortion question has continued to divide non-Christians and Christians—and even Christians within their own circles.
As the world bids a final adieu to Pope Benedict XVI and Conclave is called to elect a successor, I am reminded that the state of our world mandates the appointment of a successor who will display similar strengths of conviction. The theological and moral conviction displayed by Benedict in the Papal office should be a lesson for Christian leaders worldwide, and is needed by the next Catholic leader as well.
Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013, also marked the start of the 2013 national 40 Days for Life event, which is a time of prayer, fasting, and intercession to help end abortion. As I reflect on the need for this event and the 1973 decision that promulgated it, I see a dire need to elevate the view of human life in American society. American culture has historically understood that God is sovereign, truth is absolute, and morals are unchanging because they are based on God's standards. Today, however, we live in a world that believes wholeheartedly that man is autonomous and that both truth and values are relative to the situation we find ourselves in. The latter assumptions are patently false.